Wanna escape from the loud, stinky and fast moving city?? One opportunity is to take the Roosevelt Island Tramway to Roosevelt Island, a very tiny island in the East River of New York City.
It´s just perfect to peacefully read a book or just to get a clear brain while you enjoy the view to the city.
Get on the Tram at 59th street 2nd Avenue in Manhattan and within ten minutes you are on the island.
It´s even just worth it to take the Tram to the island and right back (or as in my case to take some -or 200- pictures on the riverside), because the sight out of the tram is quite not bad and it costs no more than a normal subway ride.